So yesterday I was sitting at home, playing with my computer when the pager went off with both fire and EMS tones. "Fire department is requested on the interstate, south-bound at Exit 100, for the rollover accident, multiple victims, report of ejection."
In our paid-on-call volunteer department, that's going to be an all-call where everyone available is expected to respond. I called in, and threw on my coat. I listened to the radio to determine who was responding so I would…Continue
Posted on December 9, 2016 at 8:01am
Last week, I responded as a paramedic intercept to a motorcycle versus car. The rider skidded along the pavement a distance of 84 feet (so the investigators say) before coming to a sudden violent stop by t-boning the car that had pulled out in front of him.
I exited my intercept vehicle, grabbed my ALS bag, and walked toward the crumpled motorcycle next to a crumpled patient. He was surrounded by firefighters and EMTs. I looked at the rider's face and could see he was…Continue
Posted on November 23, 2016 at 11:01pm
It's Saturday morning in a suburb of Milwaukee, population about 11,000, and I'm listening to our ambulance respond for the second time this morning to our neighbor jurisdiction for an EMS call. They--apparently--have not one EMT available to respond to this call, not even as a first responder while they wait for our ambulance to arrive. This also means that anyone in our own town needing an ambulance will be waiting longer because our ambulance, the ambulance they pay for with their tax…Continue
Posted on October 29, 2016 at 11:00am
Several months ago I responded as a paramedic intercept to a rollover accident with entrapment requiring extrication. The responding EMS agency was AEMT level, and I was dispatched automatically based on the rollover element of the call.
I arrived on scene relatively quickly, and found the fire department and EMS working quickly to extricate the patient. Standing at the head of the vehicle was an emergency room physician who I knew well, and who was the medical director of…Continue
Posted on August 1, 2016 at 12:57pm